Assignments | How to use the Assignments tool
Assignments are used to easily assess and evaluate the work of students. Lecturers can use the Assignments tool to create and edit assignments for their course activities, see users' submission times, view submissions on the Evaluate Submission page, associate assignments to rubrics and grades, and return submissions with feedback.
Assignments tool serves to manage course activity on which input from students is required. An assignment in Brightspace does not require to be created with a grade association, nor a file submission.
This article will describe the options and functions of the Assignment tool and explain the homepage:
Navigating to the Assignments homepage
In your Brightspace course, navigate to the green navigation bar. Then,
- Click Assessment
- Click Assignments from the drop-down menu
This action opens the homepage of the Assignments. If you are using this tool in your Brightspace course page for the first time, the homepage of this tool will appear empty with only three default buttons: New Assignment, Edit categories, More Actions.
Assignments table overview
Once new assignment(s) has (have) been added, a the table with all created (and active) assignments will appear on the Assignments homepage with the following information:
This option is located above the table with assignments. It can be used to edit the names, categories, access and/or deadlines of multiple assignments.
To use this option:
- Select the assignment(s) to be edited by ticking the Selectbox(es) in the column before the name of the assignment
- Click Bulk Edit
- Make the desired changes
- Click Save
This column will list all assignments active in the course, both the ones hidden from and visible to students. The list shows the specific assignments and can also show categories if these are used.
Categories are like containers to visually group and organise the assignments on the Assignments homepage. You can create them through the Edit categories tab above the table, or directly when creating an assignment.
Behind the name of a category there are two icon:
- The pencil icon allows to change the name of the category by clicking on it.
- The bin icon deletes the category; the category will also be deleted from the category list.
The bin icon will not delete assignments associated to this category. It will place them in the default No category.
This column will show the number of new submissions by student/group to the assignment (click on the number to go to these submissions).
This column shows a number of completed submissions out of the number of submissions to be completed, by either students or groups. This means how many students in your course are expected to complete and have completed this activity. If it is a group assignment this will show the number of groups that have to complete this activity and already have made a submission to an assignment thus far.
This column shows a number of evaluated submissions out of the total number of submissions to be evaluated, of either students or groups.
This column shows a number of feedbacks published out of the total number of the feedbacks to be published, to either students or groups. The feedback published can be either grade and/or another type of feedback.
This column shows the due date and time for the assignment (if applicable).
Assignment Quick Menu
Each Brightspace assignment has its own quick menu from where you can access several management options. It can be accessed through the down-facing arrow next to the assignment name. In the drop-down menu you will find:
Allows you to navigate to the Submissions homepage with the students' submissions to the assignment.
For more visit: How to use the Assignments tool: Submissions Homepage
Allows you to edit the settings of the assignment.
Allows you to make the assignment visible/invisible to students.
Students can only submit their assignment when the assignment is set to visible.
Any newly created assignment is invisible by default.
Allows you to delete the assignment right away.
To restore a deleted Brightspace Assignment you can click the More Actions button at the top of the Assignments homepage, then select the option Event Log. In the log find your deleted assignment and click the button Restore.
Allows you to copy the assignment with the copied one indicated as Copy of [original assignment name]. This action will copy the everything from the original assignment except the Turnitin, Grade item, and Anonymous Marking settings.
For more visit: How to copy an Assignment
Instructors who teach multiple courses can copy assignments to other courses. To copy an assignment to other courses, instructors first need the required permission on both the originating and destination courses.
For more visit: How to copy an Assignment to other courses you teach
Allows you to navigate to the Submissions Log homepage where you can see details (the log) on students progress on the submission to the assignment.
For more visit: How to use the Assignments tool: Submission Log
Behind the name of the assignment are several symbols, depending on the settings of the assignment.
When this icon is visible the assignment is hidden from students.
When you unhide (make visible) the assignment to students, the icon disappears.
An assignment with this icon indicates that it has a release condition active.
For more visit: How to set restrictions for an Assignment
An assignment with this icon indicates that it is a group assignment.
There is no icon indicating an individual assignment.
For more visit: How to use an existing Assignment for groups
This icon appears when Special access to the assignment is given to users. This can be done from the assignment settings under the section Availability Dates & Conditions.
This icon appears when an assignment is linked to a Grade item in Brightspace.
This icon appears when you have enabled Anonymous Marking for your assignment. It can be turned on in the assignment settings in the section Evaluation & Feedback.
This icon appears when Turnitin has been enabled to check the assignment's submissions for plagiarism.
For more visit: How to enable Turnitin® for a Brightspace Assignment
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